"[N]othing less than an epic of Homeric proportions....Willis's magnificent gathering of images...rewrites American history."Robin D. G. KelleyReflections in Black, the first comprehensive history of black photographers, is a groundbreaking pictorial collection of African American life. Featuring the work of undisputed masters such as James VanDerZee, Gordon Parks, and Carrie Mae Weems among dozens of others, this book is a refutation of the gross caricature of black life that many mainstream photographers have manifested by continually emphasizing poverty over family, despair over hope. Nearly 600 images offer rich, moving glimpses of everyday black life, from slavery to the Great Migration to contemporary suburban life, including rare antebellum daguerrotypes, photojournalism of the civil rights era, and multimedia portraits of middle-class families. A work so significant that it has the power to reconfigure our conception of American history itself, Reflections in Black demands to be included in every American family's library as an essential part of our heritage. A Los Angeles Times and Washington Post Book World Best Book of 2000, and a Good Morning, America best gift book of 2000.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||9.10(w) x 12.00(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Deborah Willis, a MacArthur, Guggenheim, and Fletcher Fellow, is the author of Reflections in Black, Posing Beauty, Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs, and the New York Times bestseller Obama: The Historic Campaign in Photographs. She is chair of the photography department and a University Professor at New York University.
Table of Contents
|Part I||The First Sixty Years 1840 - 1900||1|
|Part II||The New Negro Image 1900 - 1930||33|
|Part III||1930s and 1940s Photography||83|
|Part IV||Social and Artistic Movements 1950 - 1979||109|
|Part V||Photography in the 1980s and 1990s||169|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
An amazing amount of material presented here covering more than 150 years of photography by members of the African diaspora working in America. With Jules Lion -- his studio in New Orleans in 1840, his expertise with lithographic drawing and picture taking, his awards and early teaching -- black photographic history moves from the periphery to the center. Deborah Willis focuses primarily on assembling an immense pictorial collection of black image-making, which covers every period and genre. The historical descriptions are relatively short in comparison, yet open multiple windows for future research by photo scholars. Exciting and eye-opening.
The book opens people's mind to the fact that there are many faces in Black life. The book exposes the world to the many great photographers who have the skills and knowledge to document the black experiences for future generations to discover.